French envy

France banned the burqa yesterday.

PARIS — The French Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil on public streets and other places, a measure that affects less than 2,000 women but that has been widely seen as a symbolic defense of French values.

The Senate voted 246 to 1 in favor of the bill in a final step toward making the ban a law – though it now must pass muster with France’s constitutional watchdog. The bill was overwhelmingly passed in July in the lower house, the National Assembly.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that yesterday 2,500 people were evacuated because of a bomb threat near the Eiffel Tower. A second alarm was at the Saint-Michel subway station near Notre Dame Cathedral.

But still, France banned the burqa. Not long ago France made headlines with immigration.

Between France’s swing to the right and this wonderful contraption, the place is looking very tempting.


  1. You’ve got to be kidding. You and I would have a cow if the government told us how to dress. What needs to change is the idea that it’s ok for men to make political statements by controlling women. Pro-burqa, anti-burqa…it’s all about objectification of women. I say leave the girls alone.

  2. I’ve read a couple more articles on this one. From what I see, the government didn’t ban the burqa, they imposed a fine if someone forces another to wear a burqa. It looks like burqas can stay if the wearer does not complain.

    UPDATE – scratch that. Now I’ve read something that looks exactly like a ban.

    I’m thoroughly confused now.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    It is already illegal to wear a Burqa into a banking institution. More precisely it is illegal to cover your face in a bank, i.e. , wear a mask. Exceptions are made rarely for occassions like Hallowen.

    My understanding is the law says any woman wearing a veil or covering their face in public is subject to a fine ($180). Also anyone forcing a woman to wear same is also subject to fine. It is also my understanding that Islam does not require a woman to cover her face. Therefore I am totally confused also.

  4. So i’ll just have to rob a bank on Halloween. What an inconsistent rule. Halloween merits an exception, but not someone’s religious wear?

    Islam doesn’t require the burqa, but it is part of the customs and traditions of many in the Muslim world. Do I think it’s the coolest thing? No. Do I think the government can prevent me from doing something that in no way harms others? No. Do I think the government should protect those women who are unwillingly forced into it? Bien sûr.

  5. Constitutional conservative except for the parts we don’t like — freedom of expression and religion for everyone except us.

  6. What if I like to be nude in public? Not allowed. It’s taking away my freedom of expression. 😉 I look at this the same way. The burqa is a custom to some, not a part of the religion.

  7. Randy in Richmond says:

    We already determined it’s not a religious issue. But as far as I know one can wear a burqa anywhere they want in the US, except perhaps banks. Are you talking about the French constitution ?

  8. The Christmas Tree is a custom too, let’s outlaw that because it offends me. Solid logic.

  9. I don’t wear a Christmas tree most years.

    Go ahead. If you think you can get it done, have Christmas trees outlawed.

  10. Me and my ilk are already trying feverishly. Don’t you remember “The War on Christmas?”